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Osanna Visconti di Modrone, Nature and Art

Molding fine jewelry and decorative objects with the Milan based designer whose passion for art and beauty is reflected in her artisanal collections

In the historic center of Milan, the Roman born designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone hosts her creative atelier where one-of-a-kind jewelry and decorative objects are made with the unique technique of molding wax to create original shapes for the finished products in bronze and silver. Inspired by her love for nature and contemporary art, Osanna creates special pieces of jewelry, decorative objects and furniture which she likes to refer to as big jewelry for homes. Artemest talked to Osanna about her beginnings, the creative collaboration with her daughter and the places that always inspire her work.

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Osanna Visconti di Modrone

ARTEMEST: Since the early age, you have been surrounded by art. Can you tell us more about your childhood, the first encounter with the art world and where you passion for jewelry comes from?

OSANNA VISCONTI DI MODRONE: My father was an architect and he always collaborated with artists of his time, ‘60s and ‘70s. My parents were avid collectors of contemporary art and jewelry and being exposed to this world early on, it became my passion too.

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A: You studied gemology in New York. Besides precious stones, you mostly use bronze and silver in your work. Why did you choose these materials in particular?

OVDM: Nowadays, I almost exclusively use bronze and silver because this way I can create wax molds and make a shape which is then turned into the finished product. I do use sketches as well when I am away from my studio, but in general, I prefer working directly with wax and molding with my own hands.

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Credits Gil Gilbert

A: Your daughter Madina has decided to follow in your footsteps by designing her own collection of jewelry. What was the most important piece of advice you gave her when she embarked on this journey and what could be a universal advice for youg artists and artisans who believe in the value of Made in Italy?

OVDM: The advice I gave her and that can be applied to everyone is to be courageous and to follow your inner feeling without worrying too much about the commercial aspect of your work. One should do that which feels right. 

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A: Can you choose one piece of jewelry from your collection that stands out for its beauty and a special meaning it has for you?

OVDM: There is one unique perforated cuff bracelet I made in bronze and silver. I was inspired by the poor art movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s and in particular by paintings by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni.

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Credits Gil Gilbert

A: From jewelry to decorative objects and furniture. How is the creative process different in this case compared to designing a jewelry collection?

OVDM: The process is very similar, it’s like making big jewelry, the jewelry for homes. I always start from a piece of wax that I mold but in this case the forms are bigger. They are all unique pieces. Now that Madina has started designing jewelry, I have more time to dedicate to this creative endeavor since I always enjoyed decorating our family houses. 

A: To enrich a home and make it more personal, sometimes all you need are a few interesting object. In your opinion, what is the best way to decorate a living space?

OVDM: There are no fixed rules. The most beautiful houses I’ve seen are the ones that reflect the personalty of the people living in them. Whether they are decorated in a vintage, modern, oriental, minimal style or mixed like mine, the passion and personal taste always determine the result. 

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A: What is your favorite place or city in the world where you always feel inspired?

OVDM: The nature. I much prefer natural environments to big cities. I like to be immersed in nature like in the countryside, by the lake or in the mountains. For me nature is the most skilled artist. 

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Credits Gil Gilbert

A: You were born and raised in Rome, but your live and work now in Milan. In both of these cities, what are the less known places that tourists rarely visit even though they represent the essence of Italian beauty?

OVDM: In Rome there are so many to choose from. For example Palazzo Spada with its forced perspective, or the nearby Piazza della Quercia. Not to mention Palazzo Farnese, Galleria Borghese and Casino dell'Aurora. In Milan, I love the areas characterized by medieval art where my atelier is situated as well. Piazza Sant'Eustorgio with its beautiful cloister is also a must-see location. 

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The Collection

Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Bronze Nail Letter Opener
$390
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Quadro Bronze Ashtray
$1,950
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Texture Bronze Bowl
$1,580
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Leaf Bronze Candle Holder N°1
$440
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Wave Bronze Applique Sculpture
$4,270
Osanna Visconti di Modrone
Bubble Lamp
$3,780

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